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Bill McDonaldDean of Students
Bill McDonald became Dean of Students at UGA in January 2011. He is known as a strong student advocate who meets with student groups and individual students on a daily basis.
McDonald supports four departments, including Engagement, Leadership, and Service, the Student Veterans Resource Center, the Tate Student Center (including UGA’s Freedom of Expression Policy), and Student Transitions. Additional responsibilities include advising the Student Government Association, serving as the Chair of the Behavioral Assessment and Response Council, serving as the designated Sexual Assault Appeals Hearing Officer, and the Student Affairs Divisional Liaison to the Campus Ministry Association. McDonald also maintains Graduate Faculty status in the Mary Frances Early College of Education.
McDonald has 41 years of experience at colleges and universities throughout the southeast. He has held elected and appointed leadership positions within the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Southern Association of College Student Affairs. Author of dozens of publications in higher education journals with a focus on model partnerships between academic and student affairs, assessing student perceptions of community, building campus community, diversity and inclusion, and ethical decision making.
Active in community service, McDonald currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Truist. Prior activities include serving on the National Campus Advisory Committee for the College Diabetes Network, as a Clark County Mentor, the Vice Chair of the Athens Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, Deacon at First Baptist Church in Athens, participating and graduating from LEAD Athens and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.
McDonald received an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an M.A. from Appalachian State University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.